Admission to Our Graduate Programs

COVID-19 Admission Update: GRE Waived for AY 2021

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Nuclear Engineering is waiving our GRE scores for the Academic year 2021. All other admission requirements are still required. See below for further application requirements.

NE Best Consideration Dates (Domestic and International)

Fall: January 15th
Spring: August 1st

Apply by the priority deadline for best consideration for research assistantships or other departmental financial aid. All application materials must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

Medical Physics Deadline Dates (Domestic and International)

Priority Deadline Fall: January 15th
Final Deadline Fall: July 15th

Priority Deadline Spring: August 1st
Final Deadline Spring: March 1st

Apply by the priority deadline for best consideration for research assistantships or other departmental financial aid. All application materials must be received by 5:00 pm on the day of the deadline.

Nuclear Engineering

Nuclear Engineering Graduate Degree programs:

  • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (MSNE)
  • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering with a concentration in Medical Physics (MSNE)
  • Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering with a concentration in Radiation Protection Engineering (MSNE)
  • PhD in Engineering with a concentration in Nuclear Engineering (PHD-ENG)

Admission to our graduate program is based upon academic performance, professional background, career objectives, letters of recommendation, and test scores.

Students without an undergraduate degree in Nuclear Engineering may be eligible for admission to the graduate program. However, they may be required to take some undergraduate leveling courses to prepare them for graduate work in the department. Please speak with the Nuclear Engineering Faculty Graduate Advisor to determine if leveling courses are needed.

Requirements for Nuclear Engineering MSNE, MSNE-Radiation Protection, PHD-ENG

Grade Point Average (GPA): An undergraduate baccalaureate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (or equivalent) over the last two undergraduate years in science, math, and engineering courses.

GRE General Exam Scores: Official GRE scores sent directly from the testing center to UNM are required. While there is no minimum GRE, competitive applicants earn a Quantitative score of approximately 160.

Language Skills for International Students: International students must achieve a minimum score on the TOEFL of 550 on the paper exam, 213 on the computer exam, or 79-80 on the internet-based test; a score of 7.0 on the IELTS; or a minimum score of C on the CPE or CAE test. An official score report is required, sent directly from the testing center to UNM. For specific requirements, visit geo.unm.edu.

Admission information is also included in a PDF at http://grad.unm.edu/graduate-programs/documents/nuclear-engineering-ms-phd.pdf

In addition, for all degrees, we require:

  1. Application for Graduate Studies
  2. Program of Interest. If you are pursuing an MS with a concentration in Radiation Protection or Medical Physics, please select this concentration in the Interest field. If you are not pursuing either concentration, please select “Undecided” from the drop-down list.
  3. The General GRE exam is required. The Institution Code is 4845, directly from the testing service (ets.org). No subject code is required.
  4. Letter of intent that summarizes your qualifications, professional goals, and indicates the area of nuclear engineering which you want to pursue. You may refer to the guidelines for writing this letter.
  5. CV/Resume
  6. Assistantship Interest. Research assistantships are limited, and the selection process is very competitive. Please submit a short paragraph stating your ability to be self-supporting or highlighting your financial needs.
  7. Three (3) online letters of recommendation are required. Please enter your recommendation providers right away to help expedite your application (online submission only).
  8. Official Transcript from each institution you have attended.
    • For Domestic students, official copies should be sent to:
      Office of Admissions
      MSC11 63051
      University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM 87131
    • For International Students official copies should be sent to the International Admission Global Education Office (GEO). Visit geo.unm.edu for questions, concerns, and/or any required translations.
      Address:
      International Admission Global Education Office (GEO)
      MSC06 3850
      1 University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
  9. For International Students only:
    • Financial Responsibility Form and Official Bank Statements (required if you are not receiving full funding from our department). Send to GEO address above.
    • Evidence of English language. Official scores should be submitted to UNM, directly from the testing service.